Content tagged 'Rock'
Foghat Live (Album of the Day)
The 1970s represented a golden age for both arena rock and live albums, and the two intersect to magnificent effect on FOGHAT LIVE. The half-dozen songs on the 1977 Bearsville collection push blues 'n' boogie into overdrive, offering plenty of room for "Lonesome" Dave Peverett's rafter-rattling vocals and Rod Price's slide guitar to stretch out. Recorded at the peak of Foghat's popularity, the concert included all their best-known songs (“Slow Ride,” “I Just Want to Make Love to You,” “Fool For The City”) with fresh arrangements that often surpass the studio versions. Released 40 years ago this month, the double-Platinum FOGHAT LIVE was the U.K. quartet's best-selling album, and one listen makes it easy to hear why.
One Hot Minute Deluxe (Album of the Day)
On this day in 1993, former Jane's Addiction axeman Dave Navarro joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers; his time with the band was brief but intense, making ONE HOT MINUTE a particularly appropriate title for their sole album together. Produced by Rick Rubin, the Warner Bros. set has a more metallic edge thanks to the new guitarist, and despite an apprehensive lyrical outlook, such songs as “Warped,” “My Friends” and “Aeroplane” helped drive the album to double-platinum status. The Deluxe Edition of ONE HOT MINUTE adds such bonus tracks as “Let's Make Evil,” “Stretch You Out” and "Bob" (about fellow L.A. rocker Bob Forrest) to the original 13, offering a closer look at one of the Chili Peppers' most underrated albums.
ANTHOLOGY 2: GROUPS & COLLABORATIONS (Album of the Day)
Legendary guitarist Steve Howe's five-decades-and-counting career is the focus of the new ANTHOLOGY 2: GROUPS AND COLLABORATIONS, the second in a series of archival releases. The three-CD set features 56 tracks that mix hits with a generous selection of unreleased recordings. The collection starts with mid-Sixties songs from bands like The Syndicats, The In Crowd and Tomorrow before revisiting some of Howe’s most memorable contributions to two of the world’s most successful progressive-rock groups: Yes (“Roundabout,” “Tempus Fugit”) and Asia (“Heat Of The Moment,” the previously unissued “Masquerade”). The collection also touches on supergroup GTR (including ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett) and musical collaborations with such performers as Fish of the band Marillion. More than a dozen unreleased tracks make their debut on ANTHOLOGY 2.
Learning to Crawl (Expanded & Remastered) (Album of the Day)
The loss of a lead guitarist and a bassist in less than a year would have destroyed many bands, but Pretenders bounced back from tragedy with LEARNING TO CRAWL. The 1984 Sire set includes a magnificent tribute to the late James Honeyman-Scott in “Back On The Chain Gang” (a Top 10 hit), but the bulk of the ten tracks show the band looking forward rather than backward. With producer Chris Thomas returning to the helm, frontwoman Chrissie Hynde came up with some of her best songs, ranging from fiery rockers (“Middle of the Road,” “My City Was Gone”) to tender balladry (Christmastime classic “2000 Miles”), with an ace cover of The Persuaders' “Thin Line Between Love and Hate” to round out the set. More than a triumph over adversity, the platinum-certified LEARNING TO CRAWL stands among the very best Pretenders albums, and today we'll give it another spin in honor of Hynde's birthday.
Chicago 16 (Album of the Day)
CHICAGO 16 marked a new era for the legendary band; the collection was the group's first for Warner Bros., and introduced new guitarist Bill Champlin. Just as importantly, it was the first Chicago album produced by David Foster, whose meticulous craftsmanship and adult contemporary instincts put the focus on the septet's gentler side. Singer Peter Cetera's stock rose accordingly, and his ballads “Love Me Tomorrow” and “Hard to Say I'm Sorry” came to define the album – the latter became the band's second No.1 hit on this day in 1982. A Top Ten, platinum-certified smash, CHICAGO 16 set the group's course for the rest of the decade, and with its high-tech sheen and appealing songs, the collection still goes down easy.